How Kylie Minogue's Went from Car Mechanic to Pop Diva
The land down under has hardly been a hotbed of international chart hits, which makes Minogue's rise to the top all the more remarkable. She began as a child actress in Australia before winning a role on a TV soap that would provide her with a platform for stardom.
Neighbours, a daily soap set on the fictional Ramsey Street in Melbourne, launched in 1985 and was quickly picked up by the BBC in England. A cut above most daytime series, the show would launch several Aussies to international success, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Natalie Imbruglia.
Playing a car mechanic called Charlene, the tiny Minogue (she just tops 5 feet) quickly became a favorite character and signed a record deal in Australia. She released a version of Little Eva's "The Locomotion" and took it to the top spot in Australia. Looking for a wider market, she signed with Britain's pop conveyor belt, Stock, Aitken and Waterman (S.A.W.), the writing and producing empire that gave the world hits by, among others, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Mel and Kim and the timeless Rick Astley. more on this story
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